Roman Burki and Marwin Hitz, Borussia Dortmund were in desperate need of a stable set of hands in goal. Marco Rose will be hoping that 23 year-old Swiss international Gregor Kobel will be that man, and bring the same level of success and durability the club enjoyed during Roman Weidenfeller’s 16 year spell at the club.
In a move that appeared to be inevitable for months, Borussia Dortmund have now officially secured the signature of VFB Stuttgart goalkeeper Gregor Kobel. The 23-year-old signs a five-year-contract with the Black & Yellows, for a fee reported to be around €15 million.
After a rocky season, Borussia Dortmund have finished strong and finished in style, officially securing top four this Sunday with a win over FSV Mainz 05. The win earns the Black & Yellows a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League, just days after they won the DFB Pokal over RB Leipzig.
After the sacking of Lucien Favre in December, assistant coach Edin Terzic was given the interim role at Borussia Dortmund. Unfortunately for the first time manager, things could not have gotten off to a rockier start. Terzic won just six of his opening thirteen matches in charge, forcing Dortmund into a difficult situation heading into the final third of the season with a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League in their sights. However, in recent weeks, Edin Terzic has grown his reputation, with Borussia Dortmund now on a 4 match win streak in the league as they charge toward the top four…maybe even three. So with that, we provide a second tactical analysis on Edin Terzic’s Borussia Dortmund, and their chances of finishing top four this season.
After just one successful year with SC Freiburg in 2014-15, Roman Burki made a move to Borussia Dortmund to replace their legendary goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller. The Swiss keeper has done okay throughout his time at the club, but was never a standout, lifesaving, shot-stopping heroic figure. Marwin Hitz came in at the start of Lucien Favre’s time in charge of the team to push Burki for a place, but he too struggled to fully convince in his limited appearances. So with Burki on the decline and the aging Hitz struggling to fully establish himself, Borussia Dortmund are now in search of a new goalkeeper. Reports in the German media suggest that Dortmund have several keepers on their radar – including Koen Casteels, Gregor Kobel and Peter Gulacsi. So with Dortmund on the hunt, we analyze and compare the stats in an attempt to find the best possible solution for the club. At the end of this article we will also give a verdict on who Dortmund should sign based on these stats.